Histopolis features a different cemetery, town, county or other place every day on the Place-of-The-Day.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The Histopolis Place-of-the-Day for Monday, October 11, 2010 is the Alton National Cemetery in Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois.
"Alton National Cemetery was originally a soldiers lot in the Alton City Cemetery, in Madison County, Ill. Despite the existence of the lot as early as 1870, the government did not own the half-acre tract until July 1, 1940, when the Alton Cemetery Association donated the land. An estimated 163 Union soldiers and 12 unknowns were initially buried here, according to an inspection report of 1870. The men died at the Alton hospital and onboard steamboats passing up the Mississippi River.
"The government paid the cemetery administrators $30 a year to care for the plot. After the war, there were plans to move the 163 Alton soldiers to Springfield National Cemetery, but the community protested and exerted sufficient influence to prevent the removal.
"In 1938, the Alton Cemetery Association made an initial offer to donate land for a national cemetery with a proviso that the government build a rostrum or permanent speaker’s stand for use on Memorial Day. Once the offer was accepted, Works Progress Administration laborers constructed a permanent rostrum. Between 1941 and 1942, the remains of 49 Union soldiers were removed from a nearby, but separate, section of Alton City Cemetery, and were reinterred on the federal land."
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|1||Whatcom County, Washington|
|2||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia|
|3||Barrancas National Cemetery, Escambia County, Florida|
|4||Calverton National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|5||Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado|
|6||Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California|
|7||Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania|
|8||Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California|
|9||Houston National Cemetery, Harris County, Texas|
|10||Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana|
|11||Alton National Cemetery, Alton, Alton Township, Madison County, Illinois|
|12||Balls Bluff National Cemetery, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia|
|13||Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore County, Maryland|
|14||Bath National Cemetery, Steuben County, New York|
|15||Beverly National Cemetery, Edgewater Park Township, Burlington County, New Jersey|
|16||Black Hills National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|17||Cave Hill National Cemetery, Cave Hill Cemetery, Jefferson County, Kentucky|
|18||City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia|
|19||Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Hanover County, Virginia|
|20||Corinth National Cemetery, Corinth, Supervisor District 3, Alcorn County, Mississippi|
|21||Crown Hill National Cemetery, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana|
|22||Danville National Cemetery, Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois|
|23||Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Fayetteville Township, Washington County, Arkansas|
|24||Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas|
|25||Togus National Cemetery, Chelsea Town, Kennebec County, Maine|
|26||Fort Meade National Cemetery, Unorganized Territory of Southwest Meade, Meade County, South Dakota|
|27||Old Fort Winnebago Cemetery, Fort Winnebago Town, Columbia County, Wisconsin|
|28||Long Island National Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York|
|29||National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona|
|30||Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas|
|31||Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma|
Note: The first Place-of-the-Day was in September 2010